The official start of flu season began Oct. 1. Now is the time to get your
annual flu vaccine as peak flu season typically runs December through
March, and it takes two weeks for antibodies to develop and help protect
you from getting the flu. While a flu vaccine cannot give you the flu,
there are different side effects that may be associated with getting a
flu shot, including: soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was
given; fever (low grade), and aches. These side effects are mild and short-lasting,
especially when compared to symptoms of a bad case of flu.
In addition to the flu vaccine, additional everyday precautions can also
be taken to help prevent the spread of flu. The Centers for Disease Control
recommend the following:
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick with flu–like illness, stay home for at least 24
hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other
necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw
the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available,
use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
Southeast Georgia Health System and its strategic affiliates offer the
flu vaccine at several locations throughout the area, including:
Please contact your health care provider or call 1-855-ASK-SGHS (1-855-275-7447)
for more information on a location to obtain a flu vaccine.